Excessive underarm sweat is never pleasant and it often comes at the worst possible times, such as when you’re stressed out, in an important business meeting or on a date. This condition, called hyperhidrosis, affects roughly 4 million individuals in the United States. Often, deodorants and antiperspirants aren’t able to effectively limit the sweat and odor produced by this condition. Fortunately, there are several treatments that can give you the relief you’re looking for.
Dr. Schuster offers two solutions to combat excessive underarm sweating: BOTOX® Cosmetic and miraDry®. Both treatments are FDA-approved to address hyperhidrosis. While you can achieve excellent results from both options, there are important differences between them.
How Does BOTOX® Cosmetic Work?
When BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into the sweat glands in your armpits, it will temporarily block the nerve signals that activate these glands. This will significantly reduce the amount of sweat they produce.
The procedure is usually completed in less than half an hour. In general, you’ll need between 10 and 15 injections as part of your treatment. It may take 2-4 weeks to experience full results, and you should experience reduced sweating for up to 6 months. For longer lasting results, you will need to return to our office for follow-up treatments every 6-8 months.
How Does miraDry® Work?
miraDry® is a nonsurgical treatment that delivers microwave energy through a handheld device. The heat generated by this microwave energy destroys the sweat glands in the armpits, providing permanent results. The surface skin in the treatment area is not impacted, providing a truly noninvasive procedure.
Your procedure will take about an hour. The miraDry® device will draw the skin towards it in order to access the sweat glands. Thermal microwave energy is then administered to the treatment region. The treatment area is anesthetized to provide a comfortable experience. There is no downtime, and you can resume normal activities right away. The area is noticeably swollen for one to three days, and you should not exercise during this time. Otherwise, there are no restrictions on activity.
Because your sweat glands are destroyed, you’ll experience permanent results immediately following your treatment. Most patients experience a 75-80% reduction in sweat and odor after one treatment. In some instances, Dr. Schuster may recommend a follow-up treatment for enhanced results. However, many of our patients are satisfied with the outcome after one session.
Which Option Should I Choose?
Dr. Schuster will discuss the benefits of each solution with you during your initial consultation. In most instances, he will recommend miraDry® because it delivers permanent results. This eliminates the need for ongoing treatments and will save you money in the long run.
Contact our Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
Please contact Dr. Ronald Schuster using the form on this page or call 410-902-9800 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Baltimore and the surrounding areas of Maryland.